ADVERTORIAL • March 2023
For a guilt-free gourmet holiday, you’ll have a tough time beating Jersey, which offers feasts and fitness opportunities till those famous cows come home. Ready for your most wholesome (and healthy) holiday yet? Here’s where to eat and where to play…
Easter bakes and terrific trails
Where to eat: You’ll find some of the best bakers in the Channel Islands in Jersey. Even better, they’re cooking up hot cross buns and miniature simnel cakes this Easter (look for ones made with Jersey butter). Try the latter at Vienna Bakery, which you’ll find at St Helier’s Central Market, although its products are sold at restaurants and cafés across the island. At nearby Four Bakery (above), pick up hot cross buns with a twist – they’re made with French butter, instead.
Where to work out: If you’re interested in offsetting those calories, St Mary’s Northern Loop around the rural parish of St Mary’s is especially popular with photographers thanks to gorgeous ocean views. On the western coast, bike or hike the Plémont Bay to Corbière Lighthouse trail, which starts at Grosnez Point. Take a breather at Petit Port, a beautiful bay at the base of a sheer cliff. Fancy some company? Consider a guided hike from the pros at Jersey Uncovered.
Easter eggs and stand-up paddleboarding
Where to eat: Easter isn’t complete without a chocolate egg, and Jersey’s had one of the largest in the world thanks to local chocolatier Darren Stower, who whipped up a 20kg chocolate spectacle for Jersey Hospice Care. These days, there’s a sugar rush to be had at St Brelade’s Bay Hotel’s annual Easter egg hunt, but why not pick up some local chocs from St Helier’s Maison de Jersey and create your own? Grève de Lecq, known for its forest-fringed beach, is a brilliant location for a hunt.
Where to work out: We love a bit of SUP – especially when there’s a backdrop as stunning as Jersey. There’s no shortage of places where you can rent your gear, either: the thrill-seekers at Jersey Adventures will hook you up with everything you need and the location’s hard to beat, too – its HQ is tucked into Archirondel Bay, although it also offers guided SUP tours at various spots along the coast. First timer? Instructors at St Brelade-based Absolute Adventures (which offers coasteering and RIB rides, too) are especially good with beginners.
Easter lamb and downward dogs
Where to eat: Nothing says Easter like a roast lamb dinner, and you’ll be spoiled for choice in Jersey. Top spots include Longueville Manor, which will serve up a roast rack of lamb with a garden herb crust and potato gratin and thyme-scented jus. At St Brelade’s Bay Hotel, the Easter Lunch menu includes a rack of rosemary-flecked lamb and lashings of cranberry chutney. Finally, a shout out to Ommaroo Hotel’s four-course Easter carvery. Book early as the restaurant, like many in Jersey, gets busy during the holidays.
Where to work out: Even exercise is chilled out in Jersey, from night-time yoga sessions beneath the star-spangled skies to gentle, beachfront Pilates. You can even go about perfecting your bandha in a bunker with Bunker Yoga – it holds calming classes in various subterranean spots around the island. St Helier-based Kalimukti offers sessions aimed at everyone from beginners to experts. Hone your skills before heading to Beauport Beach, famous for its towering granite cliffs, to practise.
British Airways operates daily flights from London Heathrow to Jersey, with a flying time of under an hour. To book your holiday, click here